A national press ad for Belvedere Vodka featured a group of friends on a night out, posing for a group photo. Tex stated THERE'S A NIGHT OUT. AND THERE'S A NIGHT OUT. BELVEDERE VODKA. KNOW THE DIFFERENCE . Issue
complainant challenged whether the ad was irresponsible because they believed it implied that drinking alcohol was a key component of a night out.
ASA Assessment: Complaint Upheld
The ASA noted the ad
featured a group of friends who appeared to be either at a bar or party and which showed most of the characters on a sofa with a woman lying across their knees. The image also featured one man in a masquerade mask, one with a maracas instrument and with
his bow tie undone and another behind the group with an arm raised in celebration. The characters appeared to be posing for a group photo and in high spirits.
Whilst the ad did not feature any alcohol being consumed, we considered
the very playful scene, alongside the text There's a night out. And there's a night out and the image of the Belvedere vodka bottle superimposed over the main image, suggested that alcohol had been consumed prior to the photo being taken
and that alcohol was therefore partly responsible for the featured scene. Furthermore, in the context of an ad for vodka which featured an image of a people at a party, we considered the strapline There's a night out. And there's a night out would
be understood by consumers as a reference to the enjoyment of a party or night out (such as the one featured in the image) with the vodka product being consumed, compared to the enjoyment of a night out without it. Whilst the ad did not make any
references to excessive alcohol consumption, we considered the juxtaposition of the strapline, the image of the vodka bottle and the image of the group of people suggested that alcohol was the major element of the apparent success of the featured party.
We therefore considered the ad implied that alcohol was a key component of a social event and concluded that the ad breached the Code.
The ad should not appear again in its current form.
An advertising poster in a Peta campaign against consuming dairy produce has been pulled from display following whinges from Notts County football club.
The billboard image shows a startled woman whose face has been drenched in a white liquid
substance next to the words Some bodily fluids are bad for you. Don't swallow. Ditch Dairy.
Notts County complained that the nearby advert was not in keeping with [their] community and family-focused values. Damian Irvine, Commercial
Director at the club ejaculated:
Families coming along to Meadow Lane for our blockbuster Christmas matches against Swindon Town on December 13 and against MK Dons on Boxing Day will not be subjected to the ads.
The design, which was described by the local paper as like the aftermath of a sex act , was commissioned and set to be displayed throughout December after a Swedish study claimed that an increased risk of bone fractures and
mortality are linked to dairy products .
Mimi Bekhechi, director of Peta (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals), said:
The billboard is a cheeky way to alert passers-by to the dangers of drinking cows'
An animal rights group has been branded misogynistic by a women's rights group. Campaign group Resist Porn Culture claimed the Peta poster was sexist and called for tighter regulations.
Lisa Marie-Taylor, from Resist Porn Culture,
said adverts of this kind were inspired by the pornography industry, which she claiomed depicts women as subservient and often brutalised beings :
Peta's sexist, misogynist adverts aim to be original and
thought-provoking but they are neither. Resist Porn Culture calls on the ASA to implement more stringent guidelines around such adverts and insists that the ASA adheres to its purpose and strategy statement 'to make every UK ad a responsible ad'.
A Peta spokesman said the billboard was a tongue-in-cheek warning about the dairy industry's treatment of cows:
While some people might disagree with our tactics, there is no one final word on
what offends women and what doesn't. Many of the women here - and the women who have written in telling us they love the ad - have a different opinion.
Censors at the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) said they had received 9
complaints and were considering an investigation. '
The anti-dairy poster by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (Peta) was placed outside Notts County FC's stadium on Thursday. It was taken down the next day and
has now been replaced. Peta said another advert against eating turkey for Christmas would go up later this week instead.
An ad in the Bucks Free Press for an estate agent, featured an image of six women, from behind, wearing Whirlybird branded bikinis. Text stated Would you like one of the ladies at Whirlybird Property to value your home? if so, call now and take
advantage of our preferential rates for selling your property . Issue
Two complainants, who believed the ads were sexist and objectified women, challenged whether the ad was offensive.
Whilst the ASA noted the bikinis worn by the six women featured in the ad were Whirlybird Property branded, we considered the use of the image was incongruous to the subject of property lettings. Although the
image was not sexually explicit; we considered that, alongside the text Would you like one of the ladies at Whirlybird to value your home? it was likely to be seen as sexist and demeaning to women because it used their physical features to draw
attention to the product. We therefore concluded that, in this context, the image was likely to cause serious or widespread offence.
Sony has taken down one a video from YouTube after a few 'outraged' whingers claimed that the ad was sexist and disgusting.
The ad featuring a sexy female doctor trying to market Sony's PlayStation Vita, which allows gamers to play on a second
screen connected to the console when the TV is not available.
The hot lady doctor doesn't directly talk about PS Vita, at least not for most of the video. Instead, she spouts out an innuendo-ridden monologue that appears to imply that the viewer
has been masturbating too much:
How many times did you do it yesterday? Are you afraid you're doing it too often? In the bedroom under your blankets? Or perhaps you prefer the kitchen or in the toilet? You no longer
have to feel ashamed. Everybody's doing it because it's fantastic. And now you can keep going all day long.
The Verge's Kwame Opam calls the ad a little sleazy, Now, there's nothing wrong with being sexy ...BUT...
that sexiness is in service of a male audience that's fixed and behaves in a certain way.
A nude calendar advertising coffins has offended the Polish catholic church.
This calendar shoot of topless models caressing coffins is set to become a global hit - despite church whinges.
Polish casket company Lindner devised a unique way to
brighten up their gloomy creations by draping them with sexy nude women. A spokesman for the company Bartek Lindner said:
Every edition is different and when we have too many women, female customers complain. But when
we have too many men, male customers complain. So here we have men and women in one calendar as a compromise.
The photos were taken in the tourist city of Krakow, in southern Poland, The firm's owner Zbigniew Lindner said:
My son had the idea of creating the company's calendar so that we could show something half-serious, colourful, beautiful; the beauty of Polish girls and the beauty of our coffins. So much work goes into our coffins that
are only seen for a few moments at the funeral.
We wanted to show that a coffin shouldn't be a sacred object - it's furniture, it's the last bed you'll ever sleep in. It isn't a religious symbol. It's a product.
The Catholic church in Poland has labelled the campaign inappropriate. A church spokesman has said that human death should be treated with solemnity and not mixed up with sex.
Victoria's Secret has changed the wording of its new advert, after thousands signed a petition against it. The American lingerie company, which now has seven
UK shops, offended the easily offended after suggesting that its slim models had the perfect body .
About 26,000 people signed a petition calling for Victoria's Secret to amend the irresponsible marketing , and now the company has
changed the ads online.
Previously, the ads for its new Body bra range depicted 10 models in their underwear, with the play-on-words The perfect Body emblazoned across their torsos. Now they show the same image but read: A body
for every body.
The Leeds University students who began the Change.org petition said they were pleased with the change in the wording, but felt it was still silly that the models were being suggested as a representation of every body
An email sent to subscribers to the Sun's Dream Team fantasy football competition stated You're signed up to Dream Team and for that we promise to love, adore and cherish you ... You can take your Dream Team experience to the next level by
becoming a Chairman and creating a Mini League. Not only do you get to hammer your mates every week, but if you recruit 10 players or more to your league you will get: Entered into a prize draw for a date with a Page 3 girl - we might even let you pick
which one, so feel free to start your research now ... Don't listen to your girlfriend when she says size doesn't matter. The bigger your Mini League is, the more prizes you can get your mitts on . Issue
The ASA received 1036
complaints, many of which were submitted as part of a campaign led by SumOfUs.org.
The complainants, who believed that to offer a date with a page-three girl as a prize was sexist and objectified women, challenged whether the ad was offensive and socially irresponsible.
of the complainants also challenged whether the ad was socially irresponsible for offering a date with a page-three girl as an incentive to gamble.
ASA Assessment: Complaints upheld
The ASA understood that pay-to-play fantasy football games were regulated by the Gambling Commission as they were pool betting competitions and effectively involved a bet on
the outcome of a series of uncertain sporting events. While we acknowledged that individuals were able to sign up to, and play, Dream Team for free, because pay-to-play options were available we understood it was still a gambling product. Therefore, we
considered that the ad indirectly promoted a gambling product.
We understood that the Sun's male and female celebrities, including page-three girls, were involved in the Dream Team game as Chairpersons and had featured in previous
promotional activities. We noted, however, that the celebrities were not simply featured in the promotional material, but that a date with a page three girl was offered as a prize. In the context of the ad, we considered that to offer a date with
a woman as a reward for success in the game was demeaning to women and objectified those offered as prizes. We also considered that the wording we might even let you pick which one, so feel free to start your research now ... , further enhanced
the impression that the women were simply objects to be selected at the whim and enjoyment of the winner, and had no choice in the matter themselves.
We considered that the primary motivation of a number players, both male and
female, when signing up to the Dream Team game would be their interest in sport and fantasy football. We considered they would not necessarily expect a date with a page-three girl to be offered as a prize and that the notion of offering a date with a
woman as a prize was likely to be offensive to a number of recipients.
Because we considered that the email presented the women as objects to be won, we concluded that it was sexist, offensive and socially irresponsible.
The ad must not appear again in its current form. We told the Sun to ensure that their future advertising contained nothing that was socially irresponsible or likely to cause serious or widespread offence.
An advertising agency in Kazakhstan has been handed a large fine for a poster of revered bard Kurmangazy locked in a passionate kiss with Alexander Pushkin, Russia's national poet.
Havas Worldwide Kazakhstan says it can't pay the 34 million tenge
($186,000) fine, and plans to appeal. The agency's general director Dariya Khamitzhanova said the ruling is:
nonsense. Not one of the 34 plaintiffs appeared in court. The whole hearing was marred by procedural
The poster appeared in social media in August, enraging anti-gay activists who complained to the police that it insulted Kazakhs and Russians. Thirty-four staff and students of Kurmangazy Conservatory, in the southern city
of Almaty, filed a suit last month demanding a million tenge each in moral damages.
A billboard advertising office space in Exeter that offended Exeter Feminists is set to be censored.
The advert, promoting space for rent at Matford Business Centre in Exeter, featured a large chested woman in a bikini next to the slogan Size IS
After consideration by the Advertising Standards Agency (ASA), Matford Business Centre has now agreed to take down the advertising without the need for a formal investigation:
ASA advised 12 whingers that the billboard
objectified women and used sexually provocative imagery to sell an unrelated product/ service and broke the censorship rules:
1.3 - Marketing communications must be prepared with a sense of responsibility to consumers and to society.
4.1 - Marketing communications must not contain anything that is likely to cause serious or widespread offence. Particular care must
be taken to avoid causing offence on the grounds of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, disability or age.
An ad on the home page of www.firebox.com, featured a product entitled the UNT Mug and showed a picture of the mug, which had a C-shaped handle and the letters UNT printed after it.
A complaint challenged whether the ad was
likely to cause serious offence.
Firebox.com Ltd said the image referred to a product being sold on their ecommerce website and the C-shaped handle was the same shape as for regular mugs in the UK. They said the mug was a
best-selling product and, therefore, regularly featured on their home page and product feeds. They said the product was fun, humorous and cheeky and did not cause offence. If consumers were offended by the product, they could choose not to visit their
website in future. They said that they had not marketed the product in e-mail communications or advertised it more widely than the website, but over 325,000 people had viewed the product page directly, 19,000 people had shared the product through social
media likes and 8 million people had viewed their home page since it's launch. They explained that the product could only be found via search engines if the specific name was searched for and they did not advertise it in any generic way.
THIS ADJUDICATION REPLACES THAT PUBLISHED ON 16 JULY. THE WORDING OF THE ASSESSMENT HAS CHANGED BUT THE DECISION TO UPHOLD THE COMPLAINT REMAINS.
The ASA considered that the product listing was an ad which fell within the remit of the CAP Code. We understood that the product in question could be purchased directly from the website and therefore considered the product listing to
be directly connected with the supply or transfer of goods and that the content therefore fell within the remit of the Code.
The full expletive had not been spelt out and, instead, used the handle of the mug to create the
impression of the C . However, the handle was painted black and matched the UNT letters on the mug, contrasting the white background. We considered consumers would therefore understand that the intended meaning of the UNT letters
placed next to the C shaped handle was to spell CUNT ; especially as the product was entitled the UNT Mug . While, in the context of an online shop, it was likely that the ad would be mostly viewed by adults rather than by children,
we considered that a clear allusion to the word cunt was likely to offend and, therefore, marketing communications should only market products that contain expletives or words, or allusions to expletives or words that were likely to cause serious
or widespread offence if they had given a clear and prominent warning on their website to potential viewers. We concluded the ad was likely to cause serious or widespread offence.
The ad must not appear in its current form. We
told Firebox.com Ltd to ensure that future marketing communications that market products containing expletives or words, or allusions to expletives or words, that were likely to cause serious or widespread offence, were given a clear and prominent
warning on their website to potential viewers.
Update: Amazon likes to have fun too
26th October 2014.
This morning Amazon sent me an email showing that the company's marketing computer has a
sense of humour. (And if anyone from ASA is reading this, no I was not offended, on the contrary, it brightened up my day)
Customers who have shown an interest in Unt Coffee/tea Mug might also like to know about these products similar to Unt Coffee/tea Mug
An advertising campaign featuring a woman's partially visible breasts has been blamed for more than 500 traffic accidents in one day.
The massive adverts placed on the side of 30 trucks driving around Moscow showed a woman's breasts cupped in
her hands with the slogan They Attract on a banner obscuring the nipples.
The adverts were intended to show the powerful potential of advertising on the side of trucks.
But as the trucks trundled around the streets of the Russian
capital, they reportedly left a trail of carnage as male drivers became so distracted they ploughed straight into each other. A total of 517 accidents were reported.
The police then sent out patrols to round up all the vehicles and impound them
until the images could be removed.
Furious drivers across Moscow have now reportedly bombarded the agency with compensation claims.
A spokesman for the Sarafan Advertising Agency, which organised the promotion said:
We are planning to bring a new advertising format onto the market, encouraging companies to place their ads on the sides of trucks. We wanted to draw attention to this new format with this campaign.
cases of accidents, the car owners will receive compensation costs from us that aren't covered by their insurance.
The adult website Pornhub took out an enormous billboard on Times Square to feature the winner of its contest seeking a great non-pornographic ad.
The winner is Nuri Galver, a copywriter from Istanbul, whose entry was chosen from more than 3,000
others. Galver envisioned more than just the image:
People of different nationalities, with different types of hand, will sing our 'All You Need Is Hand' song with the music of 'All You Need Is Love.' This will be our
image film. Depending on budgetary situation, we can use celebrities in our movies. Sure, it increases the effect of the campaign.
But the advert did not last long. The hotel on which the billboard was hosted ordered its removal,
although Pornhub reports that it received the hotel's approval before the ad's launch. Pornhub is now seeking an alternative site.